Saturday, October 19, 2019

Oct. 19: And now I await the Canadian election. Be still my heart.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/project-cactus-maxime-bernier-1.5327555

The ugliest event in a very ugly election.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/confronting-carbon2/

Climate change could destroy this planet in a lifetime?  Hey - Lotsa time. Lotsa time.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/election-test-1.5325206

I am not a religious person. But I do not feel offended or threatened by Christians who wear crosses or by Jews who wear the  Star of David.. Or by Muslim women who wear shawls. I lived most of my life in Montreal. I was not offended or threatened by the crucifixes in government offices. I wasn't even offended by the bloody massive, steel crucifix that overlooks the city and can be seen for miles - and was paid for by Catholics, Protestants and Jews with their taxes.

So why did Quebec pass a law making it illegal to wear religious symbols while working in the civil service?

Simple.

Quebec,  like much of the rest of Canada, is profoundly racist. So the growth of its Muslim population in recent years has been very threatening.

But to attack Muslims would obviously be racist. Luckily, the Catholic church in Quebec crashed into the toilet decades ago. So - put the squeeze on  the Muslims, but do it while including Catholics and all other religions. Then Quebec isn't racist at all.

Sort of.
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And here is a selection from the Guardian. It's full of speculation, shy on conclusions - but, unlike so many confident columns, that uncertainty is  reality.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/19/global-battle-power-putin-trump-syria
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https://www.theguardian.com/politics/commentisfree/2019/oct/19/rebel-amendment-defeat-is-yet-another-painful-bellyflop-for-boris-johnson

When I was born, Britain was seen as the greatest military power in the world.  But World War Two ended that.  And it's just as well it did, for as all empires do it  murdered and plundered with astonishing brutality  - and not only to the 'heathen' but to millions of the British people. In that respect, it is very similar to the American empire.

Britannia that ruled the waves may soon be three or even four  third-rate powers - England, Ireland, Scotland, maybe Wales.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/18/justin-trudeau-fake-progressive-canada-election

This is a look at Canadian politics that is more intelligent than any Canadian analysis I have seen. It certainly beats anything I have seen by the illiterates (and liars) of the Irvng press or The Last Post.
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Criminal gangs in Mexico have become so powerful,  they can actually make war against the government.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/15/mexico-police-officers-killed-cartel-ambush-michoacan
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/18/an-appeal-to-europe-stop-the-massacre-of-kurds

In 1945, we were told we were creating a better world for all. In reality,  the years since 1945 have been an extension of World War 2.
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https://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/columnists/more-to-this-than-meets-the-eye.html
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/indigenous-nationhood/2019/10/indigenous-issues-largely-absent-2019-election
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/17/researchers-detail-how-slashing-pentagon-budget-could-pay-medicare-all-while

Yeah. But the Pentagon budget produces huge profits for billionaires.
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/10/18/us-has-backed-21-of-the-28-crazy-militias-leading-turkeys-brutal-invasion-of-northern-syria/

Militias - hired thugs of all nationalities who will kill anybody for a price.
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The brutalities of empires stay with us for many years after they collapse.

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/10/17/legacy-of-british-empire-lurks-behind-todays-headlines/
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The U.S. Supreme Court has been packed with judges who share Trump's views. This is going to be one hell of a tough year for U.S. rights and freedoms.

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/10/16/civil-rights-on-high-court-chopping-block-in-new-term/
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/10/climate-change-a-people-centered-approach

The oil industry has been very successful in holding back any serious attempts to deal with climate change. In the current Canadian election, that means only the Green party promises to do  this on a serious level.

People amaze me. Virtually all the world's leading scientists are in agreement. We are heading for soaring death rates and then for extinction. All of us. And our response has been,  to say the least, casual. Since the warning began, we have done virtually nothing.

How much time do we really have? Nobody knows. It almost certainly won't be to the year 2001. By then the game will have been long over. Before that, we have a period of increasing damage.

But our oil billionaires see no problem. They and the politicians they buy don't even think about what is going to happen. None of them have an advanced scientific training. So they understand what's going on?

I suspect their politicians don't have a clue. It's hard to imagine a Trump or a Doug Ford or a Cheney having a clue about anything. But the monied people do.
And they are quite prepared to risk the lives of all of us on the planet. They must know the risks - and their strategy must be simply to make as much money out of this as possible before it become obvious that we are all in trouble.

Would leading business people do such a thing? Would they put us all at risk.
Read some history. Behind the politicians and national leaders of the last   2,000 years, the people  behind the empires of Egypt and Rome up to Britain and the U.S., the ones who encouraged and  gained through their thousands of years of slaughter have been the very rich.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/10/eminent-buddhist-leader-urges-halt-to-nuclear-weapons-and-killer-robots

No country's military, based on conventional weapons, and fight a major war without enormous loss on both sides. The U.S.,  since 1945, has fought only small enemies.And the record is not great. For twenty  years, the large and wealthy and heavily equipped U.S. has been fighting against the friendless people of a small part of Afghanistan. And the U.S., for its numbers and it expensive weaponry, has not been impressive.

It is probably not possible for any two major powers to be victorious in a conventional war against each other. That means they would need nuclear weapons. But the supply of them is so great it would destroy a very large part of the planet. It would almost certainly mean a world war - in a planet that has thousands of nuclear  weapons. To that we are adding killer robots, such as drones, at a tremendous pace.

In short, we are spending billions for a nuclear war that nobody would win.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/10/modi-government-of-the-corporate-by-the-corporate-for-the-corporate

Gee! Would western capitalists ever do this to us?
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/capitalism-and-the-violence-of-environmental-decline/

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Important for election day.

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/10/19/Scheer-Falsehoods/

In short, Scheer is a constant liar with no discernable values or beliefs.
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/10/07/What-Truth-And-Reconciliation/


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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/10/15/Andrew-Scheer-Wont-Be-Prime-Minister-No-Partners/

Of course.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/death-bloodshed-misery-yemen/5692401
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52416.htm

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52414.htm

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Well, well, well.........what?

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/10/18/news/why-are-conservatives-hanging-out-fringe-muslim-cleric-dubious-credentials
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/10/16/video/climate-change-disinformation-and-canada
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/10/19/features/little-known-colossus-behind-conservatives-anti-climate-agenda

What a sweetheart!
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https://theintercept.com/2019/10/19/bill-mckibben-falter-book-human-game/

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Oct. 17: Canada is in danger

A reader said of my last blog that I obviously didn't proofread because I had a sentence near the top that had a word in error.

That reader is right.

I usually start a blog in late morning, and finish it around nine or ten in the evening. I end with a spelling check.  But, as man of wearying age, I'm sometimes too lazy and too tired to proofread.  Life is hell.

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Three elements in Canada's federal election have been largely ignored by our news media.

One is the rise of the Boc Quebecois in Quebec. It's appeal to Quebec voters, at this point, is that it demands Canada recognize that Quebec has the right to be the only province in Canada to exclude people from employment if they wear religious symbols as part of their clothing in their work. An example is the hijab or shawl worn by Muslim women. And there are other examples. All of this is designed only to keep out people who are not pure French Quebeckers.

This comes from a province once noted for it's Roman Catholic symbols that covered the whole province. Teaching nuns taught in full nun regalia complete with crucifixes. Teaching brothers wore full religious gear. Crucifixes were in just about every room of every government building in the province.

So why has Quebec passed a law forbidding religious symbols? Simple. It's racism.

The whole world is moving, changing. Immigrants are a fact of life. But Quebeckers (like many Canadians) are racist.  That racism largely destroyed an English population that had been there for centuries. And Quebec is determined  that it will not accept people who are in any way different from them. People who are different are inferior. (I am a Quebecker of French descent that goes back to 1650 in Quebec. But I am not a true Quebecker because one of my nineteenth century French ancestors married a Scottish woman.)

And that is why Quebec defies the federal government to keep most immigrants out of Quebec. It's religious ornamentation law is designed to keep them out by refusing employment to them. This is racism.

(Interestingly, the French of France show no great interest in moving to Quebec.)

The Bloc Quebecois is really the old Quebec separatist movement of the late twentieth century.. Quebec refuses to accept that it is a part of Canada and subject to Canadian law. This is a crisis that Canada is going to have to deal with because it cannot have two standards of behaviour. Nor can it face the world with such an example of racism.

Nor is delay a good idea. The more we delay, the more Quebec will carve out a separate status for itself. And the result of that would be a breakup of Canada.

The case of Alberta is somewhat similar. It refuses to come to grips with oil legislation because it sees itself not really a part of Canada. No. They have their very own 'experts' on oil, people who say oil is good for you. Most of them, of course, are oil industry people.

But, like Quebec, Alberta has no interest whatever in Canada, and no wish to obey Canada's laws. It's premier is a man designed for this task. He's a bootlicker for the oil bosses. And he's a liar. Today, he announced that he has consulted leading scientists who told him that oil is perfectly safe. He praised their advice - though even he cannot be dumb enough to believe them. And who are those 'leading' scientists who disagree with all the climate change scientists I have ever heard of? He doesn't tell us.

Watch for Alberta to make noises about moving the province out of Canada.

Is it possible that the U.S. would court Alberta to leave Canada and join the U.S.?

The U.S. would jump at the chance.

Then there's another feature of this election - a feature that nobody is talking about.

There's lot concerned debate about government deficits and getting control of them. These deficits often make it impossible for governments to carry out essentially services. We could use some politicians who could do some deeper thinking on this and who would even propose action on it.

Governments run up huge deficits. But they still don't have enough money to meet important needs. That's why we have people sleeping in the streets. That's why the cost of pharmacare is, literally, killing us. That's why young people who go to university face costs so high they will have to pay for them for years. That's why public schools are overstuffed. Why don't we deal with these costs?

The reason we can't is that the very rich don't pay income tax. Unlike you and me, they're allowed to put their money in secret banks.

Does that money get spent on us?  Get real. They can - and do - spend it all over the world to make money for themselves. They might spend some in Canada - but the whole world is there playground.

Amazingly, we also give them huge amounts of OUR tax money as gifts to add their corporate money-making sprees.

What the hell are we doing? We are letting ourselves be robbed blind by the super-rich. In consequence, almost all Canadians face anything from extreme poverty to hardship.

Why has no political party mentioned this? Why are we allowing ourselves to be impoverished to satisfy the unsatisfiable greed of a small number of rich thieves?
Why aren't Canadians raising hell about this? Why do we allow the children of the poor to suffer hunger while we feed the very rich to their burping point?

The reality is we are being robbed by the rich. And nobody has said boo.

The is going to  come home to us in a savage way. In fact, it should have come home to thinking people a long time ago. It should have been forbidden even as it happened. And, oh, we are paying a price that has no end. We already are suffering economic decline even as our very rich laugh at us and steal more.

Think about it. We let thousands, even millions, starve. We drop steadily in our standard of living. (It's happening in the U.S., too.) This is going to lead to one hell of an explosion unless we deal with it as we should have dealt with it many years ago. Instead, we are allowing   ourselves to be plundered by the greediest people in history.


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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/scheer-minority-government-1.5323901

Can Scheer really be so ignorant of our political system as he appears to be?

To be a prime minister one does NOT need the largest, single party in parliament.
One needs the support of a majority, and that majority can be made up of two or even more parties. Governments can and have resigned if they lose and election. But that is because they lacked that extra support.

No party can maintain a government without a majority in the House. And if that majority is achieved by getting the support of another party, so be it.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/dc-ukraine-hearings-sondland-1.5324110

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/13/cuba-oil-sanctions-shortages

U.S. big business wants a Cuba like the old days with cheap, cheap labour, virtually no public services, with a government made up of  pro-U.S. capitalist thugs. Just like the old days and just like much of Latin America under U.S. control.
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This next item is an ad from The Guardian looking for financial support for the paper. It's quite a contrast with the news we get in North American newspapers who, for the most part, play down the danger of climate change and, for the most part simply ignore it.


As the climate crisis escalates...

... the Guardian will not stay quiet. This is our pledge: we will continue to give global heating, wildlife extinction and pollution the urgent attention and prominence they demand. The Guardian recognizes the climate emergency as the defining issue of our times.
Our independence means we are free to investigate and challenge inaction by those in power. We will inform our readers about threats to the environment based on scientific facts, not driven by commercial or political interests. And we have made several important changes to our style guide to ensure the language we use accurately reflects the environmental catastrophe.
The Guardian believes that the problems we face on the climate crisis are systemic and that fundamental societal change is needed. We will keep reporting on the efforts of individuals and communities around the world who are fearlessly taking a stand for future generations and the preservation of human life on earth. We want their stories to inspire hope. 
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2019/10/we-owe-greta-and-youth-more-nobel-prize

Amen.

Greta Thunberg will arrive at the Alberta legislature on Friday. The premier will almost certainly not be there. But there will be a convoy of truckers to defend their province against a 16 year old girl. The oil industry has been beating up a storm against her.

This is very dangerous. And, on the part of the premier, bloody irresponsible.
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It is possible the Alberta oil industry is reforming itself?

No.

Until very recently, it denied there was any oil problem at all. They denounced all the scientists who warned us about it.

Now, they suddenly say there was one. But they have discovered it,  and in just matter of  months  have cured it. (They don't quote any scientists in the field to support their claim - but who needs scientists?) And they have whipped Alberta into a fever of righteousness - and that reflects a profound danger in our federal election.

Albertans have been led to believe that Canada has betrayed them. The next move? ----  The oil industry, with it's American friends, abandons Canada and urges Alberta to join the U.S.

That sounds far-fetched. It's not. Alberta's news media and it oil bosses have been worked into a rage against Canada.

This is very similar to the Quebec separatist movement which, again is alive. Indeed, it is likely to sweep the province on election day to vote for the Bloc Quebecois.

The cause is Quebec's law forbidding the wearing of religious symbols. This is essentially a racist law aimed at the recent muslim immigration to Canada.  And it is really a return to the policies of the separatist movements. French Quebec wants only  'pure wool' francophones in the province. That's why English communities, some going back hundreds of years in Quebec, have largely been destroyed in Quebec.

So Quebec has, quite illegally, targeted it's recent immigrants. And the Trudeau government has been too scared to act. And that means that Quebec has been getting away with this racism. It also means that Canada is ignoring Quebec's racism. It refuses to obey Canadian law. And that's the first step.....

We are drifting back to separatism, this time in two provinces.

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I  don't entirely agree with this next one. But the topic does deserve more thought than we've given it.

http://rabble.ca/news/2019/10/liberals-fear-progressive-challenger-more-they-fear-right-wing

The Liberals are not nearly so different from the Conservatives as they would like us to think.
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Big money owns American governments at all levels.

https://www.thenation.com/article/seattle-amazon-kshama-sawant/

American democracy has been dead since the day it was founded. It has always favoured the richest - starting with the very rich President Washington.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-aoc-debate/
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Here is a large selection of  articles by Gwynne Dyer who, for my money, is quite possibly the world's best political commentator.

https://www.hilltimes.com/author/gwynne-dyer
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It's a great world for the greedy.

https://countercurrents.org/2019/10/australia-rejects-imf-carbon-tax-preventing-4-million-pollution-deaths-by-2030
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https://www.rt.com/op-ed/471073-syria-trump-media-kurds/

I rarely post Russia Times because so many readers would ignore it a propaganda. In fact, it commonly has more    depth that many (most?) of our western news media.

I live in Ottawa, Canada's capital. The local paper is mostly trivial and trashy. Of course. It's owned by National Post.
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Here's the kind of story that would never appear in Ottawa's newspaper or it's owners at National Post.

https://countercurrents.org/2019/10/extinction-rebellion-sweeps-the-world

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https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/10/17/Trudeau-Indigenous-Housing-Strategy-Nowhere-In-Sight/
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/06/28/Andrew-Scheer-Real-Bad-Climate-Plan/

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https://www.globalresearch.ca/planet-has-been-heating-up-for-almost-two-centuries/5652874
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/israel-turn-bedouin-citizens-refugees-their-own-country/5692229

There are almost 2 million Arabs who live in Israel. These people are Israeli citizens and,  indeed, they have been citizens, along with the many Jews who lived in that land for centuries, with both Jews and Arabs getting along well.

Then came the creation of Israel. The Arabs remained in the new country. But they were treated as trash by the inrushing Jews from Europe, forced to live in Ghettos, denied most government services. Now they are being kicked out of the land of which they are legally residents and that has been their home for centuries.
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In Canada and the U.S., the growing billionaire power over Liberals, Conservatives, Republicans and, to a lesser degree, Democrats is creating a steady growth of hunger and poverty. It was made worse, much worse, by  the insane decisions to allow the superwealthy (and supergreedy) to avoid income tax.  And,  in addition, to throw billions of our money at them whenever they ask for them which is very, very often.

 https://www.globalresearch.ca/millions-hungry-food-insecure-us/5692168
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/syria-restored-1554-schools-completely-destroyed-nato-terrorists/5692069

Onward Christian so-oldiers...
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52408.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52406.htm
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The next item is very complex - and I won't even pretend I fully understand it. But it does seen to explain what is really happening in Syria.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52412.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52409.htm
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I haven't yet seen one of these. And I shall certainly try to avoid them.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/10/17/analysis/explainer-rise-canadas-right-wing-meme-pages
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/10/16/features/how-jagmeet-singh-became-canadas-spokesperson-race-2019-election
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\Some time ago, I wrote a column about a 'current event' of the early nineteenth century. But I just discovered it in my file as an unsent item. So, just in case, bear in mind that this could be a duplicate of something already sent.


An event of 1841 can scarcely be called a current event. But it has a lesson for us.           

In 1841, the British feared a Russian attack on Afghanistan that would provide the base for an attack on British India.  This sort of thing was ( and is) still common. Afghanistan is positioned almost as if designed as if it were deliberately a base of attack on a number of countries - (though it was not a nation of attack itself.) So the British decided to invade.

A base was established on the Afghanistan border. Then the main force of 3000 troops moved in to settle near Kabul. With that main force were wives, children, prostitutes attached to the army.base.near Kabul. Reluctantly,the British began the long trek to the coast through wild, mountain cover. The Afghans fired on them every step of the way. The worst stretch came in a  valley with cliffs on both sides.

As the British plodded through the valley, Afghans kept up a constant fire from the hill sides as well  as a steady dislodging of boulders to crash own onto the retreating British.

Soon after, a man exhausted rode into the British fort on the border. He was a doctor. And of the 3000 soldiers and their wives, children, prostitutes, he was the only survivor. \Afghanistan has a long history of  defending itself against intruders.

Too bad George W. Bush was not much of student of  history. There is, after all ,a quite modern parallel for those ghosts of the British army of so long ago.

In 1979, devout Muslims in Afghanistan rose in revolt against their communist government. They opposed communism,. In the remarkable war that followed, the Muslims were also supported with money and some weapons by the U.S.
This was a remarkably successful revolt against an enemy far, far bigger and better equipped than the Afghans were.

But then the U.S. made the strange decision to invade those Afghans it had supported.

I know of no official reason for that. At the time there was a lot of double talk that the Afghans were behind 9/11. But, in reality, there is no evidence of that.. On the contrary, most of the evidence then and now points to Saudi Arabia.

So why did the U.S.decide to attack? A logical possibility is that the U.S. was acting as Britain had in the early 1800s, and as the Russians did in the 1980s.
The U.S.wanted to occupy and control Afghanistan as an American base to attack Russia. It is Afghanistan's sin that it is a place attractive to major powers as a base to attack other major powers.

The U.S. had no other reason to attack. Canada joined the attack without even that much reason. We sent Canadians to die in Afghanistan for no good reason at all.

So, yes, we should remember those we sent to die in Afghanistan. We should also give bloody hell to the politicians who sent them. To respect the sacrifices our soldiers made is important. And that most certainly includes those who served in, say, Korea and Afghanistan. But respecting their sacrifices is only half the story. To show real respect, we should also remember what a betrayal it was for us to send them.  I could wish the Canadian Legion would do that, and stop being a cheerleader to cover up for the politicians. The Canadian Legion should be defending the veterans, not the politicians who betrayed them.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Oct. 15: The year the wheels came off the American Empire.

https://www.rt.com/news/470932-pentagon-nato-turkey-isis/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=push_notifications&utm_campaign=push_notifications

I no longer understand anything.

Trump is now warning Turkey against invading the Kurds of Afghanistan. But Trump is the one who quite openly withdrew all support from the Kurds, and allowed the Turks to invade. Trump abandoned the Kurds. So now he says he'll punish the Russians if they invade to help the Kurds..

Any such action would place the world in great danger of thousands of nuclear bombs, all much worse than the ones of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Oh, and most recently he has warned Turkey he will punish it if it commits war crimes. (Among other things this is a remarkable declaration from the nation that has probably been the world leader in committing war crimes since 1945.)

But he's still pulling out the American troops that he started to pull out when he threw the Kurds almost as dog biscuits to the Turks.

None of this makes sense - except that Trump does seem to have a strong aversion to war. He is enthusiastic about economic punishments - as with Venezuela and Iran and Cuba. But not about war. (If another member of his cabinet - like John Bolton were in power we'd have several wars by now.)

I suppose economic sanctions - no matter how crushing - are better than wars. But the ones he has imposed so far are also illegal.

What can we make of all this?

The attempt of U.S. billionaires to rule the world is failing. And U.S.  attempts to conquer the world have been losing ground since 1960. The massive cost of this effort of conquest has given the U.S. the world's biggest debt - for which the American people have nothing to show. Worse. the standard of living for most Americans is in decline as the billionaires insist that massive spending be given to war - and that spending must not come from the billionaires but from average Americans. But the billionaires benefit from that spending because they are the ones who own the war industries.

Can the U.S. resort to world war? Yes, and it's very possible it will do so. But any such war would be so massively destructive on both sides there would be no winner. And the U.S. military, despite it's huge spending and it's size, does not have an impressive record - defeats in Korea, Vietnam, abysmal performance against ragged guerrilla fighters for 20 years in Afghanistan, ditto (with Saudi Arabia action supported by U.S. bombers) in one of the world's poorest countries, Yemen,  mass murder with hired thugs in most of Latin America......,
the world's most brutal slaughter of civilians including children, a massive torture system all over the world.
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As an aside, the fall of conquerors can happen quickly. In 1939, Britain had the biggest empire in the world. Perhaps the last bit of that empire would disappear when China took back Hong Kong. Now, it is quite possible that Britain itself will disappear as Scotland joins Ireland in counting itself out and independent.

Yes, the biggest and most brutal and most murderous empire in history collapsed
in a very short time. Now, the British nation itself is collapsing. And it's worth looking at because the pattern of its rise and fall is much the same as that of the U.S.

The British Empire, like the American empire, arose out of the mass murder and plunder of much of the rest of the world. In both empires, the leading capitalists plundered and degraded not only their conquests - but most of their own people.
The result of empire was massive poverty in Britain, and some of the worst slums in Europe. The case of the American people is very similar. Their standard of living steadily goes down as he empire grows.

Empires do exist to benefit the poor. They exist only to benefit the very rich.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/15/russian-troops-patrol-between-turkish-and-syrian-forces-on-border

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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/15/erdogan-syria-turkey-democracy-dictatorship

Turkey's leader may be in big trouble, and overdue for a comedown. And if that happens, the Russians become a major force in the region. Brilliant thinking, Donald.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/15/erdogan-syria-turkey-democracy-dictatorship
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https://www.thenation.com/article/william-barr-notre-dame-secularism/
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Public schools are easy targets for the rich when they're looking for government cuts.        They're easy because the children of the rich don't go to public schools.
And that's why teachers are becoming angry at what this is doing to the children.

https://www.thenation.com/article/chicago-teachers-strike-2019/
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Canadian voters should be thinking about how the wealthy avoid taxes while at the same time demanding even more money from governments. We are being robbed. The rich pay little of anything in taxes, making it impossible to sustain our education system or improve our health services among others.

We are allowing the rich to rob us every day of our lives. The answer should be easy. Vote NDP or Greens. But most Canadians  will vote for the hold-up men, the Liberals and Conservatives.

How can we be so thick as to give billions of dollars a year to people who already have billions of dollars. We actually hand it on a platter to our Donald Trumps.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2019/10/party-leaders-ignore-crucial-facts-and-figures-election
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/10/kenney-government-opts-sophomoric-tweets-counter-visit-greta

On the visit of a teen-ager who has been a huge sucess throughout the western world, the Alberta government can't lift itself far enough to see above its gutter.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/10/want-bust-your-alberta-union-your-government-will-give-you-one

Hey! Get out there, Mr., premier, and defend your poor billionaires.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/14/citing-moral-duty-take-radical-action-over-700-scientists-endorse-mass-civil

700 scientists? Who cares what they think?  Instead, give me an oil executive in an expensive suit. Or maybe a fat premier like Ontario's Doug Ford, a man who has a high school leaving certificate.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/10/bayer-shareholders-put-health-and-nature-first-and-stop-funding-this-company
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/10/united-states-abandon-kurds-and-how-will-this-move-impact-middle-east
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The next is a look at the brutality of (mostly European) imperialism. (It has little on U.S. imperialism.) It also singles out Winston Churchill as a prime example of western arrogance and brutality. (Churchill was a proud racist and mass murderer, though our news media never mentioned that. He was also an admirer of Hitler in the latter's early days as ruler.) Funny how our news media have never noticed that.)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/10/15/kurdish-massacres-one-of-britains-many-original-sins/
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/10/11/inequality-is-literally-killing-us/
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/10/15/Andrew-Scheer-Wont-Be-Prime-Minister-No-Partners/

I'm not sure about this. The Bloc Quebecois is a possible - and very dangerous - partner. The essential message of the Bloc is that Quebec will not correspond with Canadian legislation. This is particularly true of immigrants. It wants a racially defined French  population. Therefore, it will not adopt any Canadian legislation to guarantee equality of all Canadians. (And that includes the equality of immigrants in Quebec, and also of anglos in Quebec.)

Would Scheer agree to this? Almost certainly. In practice, he would accept a Quebec that did not have to be Canadian.

This sudden rise of the Bloc is very, very dangerous.
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/10/09/Tax-Billionaires-No-Brainer/

Wake up, Canadians. Do you really think billionaires should have the right to steal our money?
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The whole situation in Syria is very complex. Here, in 1019, we have to deal with a situation created back in 1919 by the victorious allies of 1918 and  their very greedy plundering of the middle east.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52391.htm
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https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/longform/the-disappearing-islands

Nah. This can't be happening. If it were, the Conservative party would be working on it right away.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52398.htm
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https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/erdogan-holding-50-us-tactical-nukes-hostage-trump-authorizes-sanctions

A cheery bit of news.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52392.htm
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https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/toronto-poverty-rates-working-adults/
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https://truthout.org/articles/columbus-day-reminds-us-why-the-us-owes-reparations-to-native-people/

Columbus. Our hero, the one Americans and Canadians celebrate with a day, well - he was the ancestor of our modern day billionaires. The discovery of this continent was, well, it wasn't about discovery at all.

Columbus and his sponsors were not interested in discovery. No. They were interested  in stealing the gold and then the other resources of the Americas. The native people he encountered learned that early. He had no interest in their societies,  in their government forms, in their values. He was interested only their gold. Every person had a gold target to reach. Those who tried to escape were chased down by dogs trained in Europe. They were  chased down by the dogs and and, as the dogs were trained to do, they were  torn to shreds. This was done to men, women and children. And all with the full knowledge and blessing of the Christian church.

Later, they would be forced to become agricultural slaves.

For the people of the Americas, there was nothing to celebrate.

The brutality continued all over the Americas as the British and French joined in. Land was taken. Those who objected were killed. A major purpose of the American revolution was so that Americans could slaughter native peoples and steal their land. (People like George Washington, large scale farmers, wanted that land. But the British government had no wish to spend money on wars that would not benefit wealth Englishmen. So Americans like Washington plunged into a war that freed them to slaughter native peoples and steal their land.)

The slaughter would go on from the 1700s to the last slaughter of native men, women and children in  1923. In the numbers of dead, it was one of the great mass murders of history

Canada was less violent - but mostly because the native population was much smaller and weaker..

No. We can do without Columbus day. What we could try is a day of atonement for what we have done, a day featuring action as well as words.
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https://theintercept.com/2019/10/13/ice-raids-mississippi-workers/

Why did this people migrate to the U.S.?  Well, it has been largely because their home countries are impoverished. And why are they impoverished? Well, that's because American capitalists with the close help of American politicians have put whole nations into poverty so that they can province ultra-cheap labour for American corporations which control the mines and much of the agriculture of those countries. And, quite, frequently, the U.S.makes sure things stay that way.
It routinely invades these countries. killing anyone guilty of trying to improve life.

They sometimes do it with U.S. troops; sometimes with massive armies of hired thugs from all over the world. That's what happened to Guatemala. where thugs hired by the U.S. happily murdered 200,000 people, including clergy and nuns.

Latin America is rich in natural resources. And American (and Canadian) capitalists want all of that richness to go to them - and to hell with the people of Latin America.

Those migrants at the border are not, as Trump calls them, druggies and perverts.
No. These are the victims of American capitalist greed which has made their countries unlivable. (It would be very interesting to see the list of Canadian billionaires and their connections with all this.)

It's not just a matter of improving conditions. Our leading capitalists control the lives and futures of many, many, millions of people. They are the cause of almost all wars. They murder on a huge scale.

Now, they are facing a bit of a problem. Climate change, combined with the greed and brutality of leading capitalists are displacing at least a hundred million people around the world - a number that is rising as survival becomes increasingly difficult.

Many of the displaced flee to a reluctant Europe because they have no hope in the lands that were their's for thousands of years. Some make it to Europe  to live in foul conditions. Some, nobody knows how many, drown as Europe increasingly shuts them out.

In addition, increasing millions are fleeing the dangers of  countries controlled by capitalist thugs  (who are usually close buddies of the Trumps of this world.)  What do we do? Shove them back into their life rafts? Stop them at our border?

That's exactly what we do.


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Oct. 12: A very ugly world

https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/elections/poll-tracker/canada/

This has not been an exciting election for Canada. The best news (which isn't great) is that the Liberals are best positioned to form a minority government - probably with the NDP.
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Corruption? With the oil industry? In Alberta?  Nah.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/aer-icore-board-members-1.5312265
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I grew up in a Quebec  that was profoundly racist. The "race" was Catholicism. It was understood that crucifixes were standard in all government buildings. The streets belonged to the church for massive parades. Teachers in the Catholic schools  (all schools were religious) were brothers and nuns who dressed as brothers and nuns  complete with religious symbols.

From the 1960s on, that changed - it remained standard practice for every court   room, police station, government office to have crucifixes all over the place.

But now, Quebec has substantial numbers of Muslim immigrants. Horrors. The women wear shawls on their heads. And long dresses.

It was bad enough that Quebec  had large numbers of English-speaking people. Indeed, stores often had English as well as French signs, restaurants often had menus in English as well as French. This was not to be tolerated. So any use of English was crushed. As a result, half the English population of Quebec had to leave the province to get jobs.

But then there came the invasion of Muslim women with their shawls. (Of course, Quebec's nuns had always worn shawls. They were symbols of Quebec life. But Muslim women? No. This was offensive.

But Quebec didn't want to look racist (which it is). So how to deal with this?
Easy, Catholics didn't to church any more, anyway. So ban all religious symbols in places of work.

It's racism. But it's racism in disguise. And no political party is going to challenge that racism.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/secularism-law-1.5261713

(Like many English Quebeckers, I am actually of English and French descent with a French ancestry in Montreal going back to 1650.  But that no longer counts in a linguistically racist Quebec.)
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/11/syria-turkey-conflict-kurds-border-fighting-trump-deaths

Kurds have a long history of profound suffering. Perhaps the starting line for it goes back to 1920 when Winston Churchill ordered the RAF to carry out massive bombing of Kurd villages which Churchill selected because they had no defenses. Yes. It was a deliberate concentration on murdering innocent men, women and children.

This time, it's even worse. Russia has a stake in the survival of Syria - and of Iran - the two are closely related. So we have Turkey, Syria, Iran, Russia on one side - the U.S. (already on the ground in Syria and eager for a war with Iran) and Britain. (The major powers in Europe are NOT supporting the U.S.)

So that's three nuclear powers involved. And that's insane.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/11/trump-deal-erdogan-lethal-consequences-ukraine-syria
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/09/northern-australia-fossil-fuel-climate-goals-paris-agreement

The proof is all over the world. Fuel bosses don't give a damn about human life.
They've been proving it for the last 30 years. They have no intention of dealing with the climate change they cause.

In Canada, their closest friends are in the Conservative Party.

Let's get real.
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These are humanity's deadliest enemies.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/12/top-three-asset-managers-fossil-fuel-investments
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https://www.capebretonpost.com/opinion/regional-perspectives/gwynne-dyer-hopeless-in-iraq-362348/
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https://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/columnists/in-denial-of-converging-global-crises.html
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http://rabble.ca/news/2019/10/extreme-right-wing-narratives-gain-momentum-federal-election-despite-parties-struggling
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2019/10/protecting-amazon-rainforest-fracking
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https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2019/10/11/turkish-military-offensive-risks-humanitarian-catastrophe-syria

It risks even more than that. It risks a confrontation between the world's leading nuclear powers.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/11/applause-global-summit-ocasio-cortez-calls-climate-crisis-consequence-our
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/10/04/Indigenous-Kid-Funding-Failure/

And this is only a part of a much bigger issue.

While we ignore the needs of indigenous children (and their communities), while leave the poor to sleep on our sidewalks, while we go years into debt to send our children to university, - we throw money at the rich.

Special grants? The rich get them all the time. Income tax? Out of their billions, they don't have to pay a cent. We subsidize private schools for the rich. Tough for the public schools who don't have enough money.

We are living in a world of the past (one might have hoped) in which the rich plundered everybody else. And both Liberals and Conservatives play this game.

Never kid yourself. The very rich are your enemies.. And they have nothing but contempt for you.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/privatization-wars-us/5691670

The U.S. relies on hired killers. Despite Trump's bleating praise of "our brave soldiers", the U.S. relies killers from all over the world.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/crisis-in-venezuela-guaido-coup-also-fails-in-montreal/5691646

Most of my teaching career was spent at Concordia University in Montreal. So why would the university be so foolish as to invite speaker from a phony government of Venezuela - a speaker who did not represent any real member of the Venezuela government, but was puppet representing  the U.S. and the Venezuelan opposition?

Well - decisions of the university are made by the Board of Governors. And these are very wealthy capitalists or their puppets. The same is true of any university I have ever heard of. Many years ago, I was offered a senior position at Concordia. But all my life has been spent in education. And I realized these people were not interested in education.

Mind you, universities in general are not much interested in education. Check any university. You will find that professors who have training in education are very, very few in our universities.  Most professors think education is lectures to be memorized. The trouble is that such information is soon forgotten. And university becomes four years of learning things to forget.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/house-my-life-saw-smashed-rubble-because-palestinian/5691691
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https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/elections/federal/2019/party-platforms/
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American warfare has concentrated on the killing of innocent civilians since the bombing of Dresden in World War 2.  (The British in their days of empire had quite a reputation for the slaughter of helpless civilians, too.)

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52381.htm

Brave lads, says Trump. Yeah.
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Once upon a time, there used to be good guys -  I think  - maybe - but damned if I know when.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52378.htm
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I found this next item to be very, very true. Think about it.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52370.htm

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I'm very much on the side of the people of Hong Kong. But the reality is the Hong Kong is historically and legally a part of China. And China is not  going to give that up just as the U.S. has never, in its whole history, allowed a whole state - like California - it's independence.

The only result of this confrontation can be increasing violence with Hong Kong deaths.   But increasing violence is exactly what the U.S. is encouraging. This is simply a propaganda exercise that does no good at all for the people of Hong Kong.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52363.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52369.htm

Billionaires don't vote for politicians. They buy them. In North America, that's the history of the Democrats, Republicans, Liberals and Conservatives.

And fools vote for them.
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Why on earth did the people of Ontario vote for Doug Ford? The man has utter contempt for them.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/10/11/news/doug-ford-broke-law-when-he-cut-cap-and-trade-ontario-court-finds
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/10/11/news/climate-change-threatens-crops-water-billions-around-globe-study

Ever wonder why we're suddenly getting so many immigrants? Gee. I wonder if it has anything to do with the food production being destroyed by climate change in their countries?

Any thoughts on where this takes us in ten years? Or even five?
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I still remember that day in 1945 when my mother took me downtown to a mass of jubilant people. The war was over. And we had won. My father would be coming home. And there'd be no more wars.....

But the wars have been non stop.

Is this the world that Canadians fought and died for?

A characteristic of most of the wars has been they were fought not to defend us - but to plunder others. Most, by far, have been wars to make our very rich even richer. That's why we set records for the killing of civilians and children. That's why we go to war to attack countries that cannot possibly attack us back.

Now, that is combined with climate change. And we're not dealing with that at all.  Coincidence? The people who demand we fight wars for them are not interested in fighting climate change. Of course not. They make billions out of oil and coal. Indeed, their dreadful wars in the middle east are essentially wars to steal oil and keep it in its destructive business.

We have very little time - and most of that time will be devoted to worsening suffering, hunger, and misery.

If the very rich have an sensitivity about human needs, they hide it well. No. They live only for greed. And we are all paying for that with a massive spread of poverty even in advanced countries.

Do we have time to deal with this? I don't know. We have allowed thirty or forty years to disappear while we did nothing. And as I look at the Canadian election, I see no reason to believe we're going to make it.

On that day in 1945, we had won the war. My father would be coming home. We'd all be living in a better and safer world.

Nobody forecast  the hell of greed and murder we have created. Remembering that day in 1945, think - this is not the world that Canadians fought and died for. We betrayed them. They suffered death. They suffered lifetime sickness.... and we.....

The Canadian Legion is supposed to represent the interests of those who served. Why the hell doesn't it do it? Thousands died for us. We betrayed them. And not a peep out of the Legion.







Thursday, October 10, 2019

Oct. 10: A Bad, Bad Day

As I began today's blog, I planned to use my regular formula which has a good deal of commentary added by me. But I was overwhelmed by  the range of idiocy and greed and cruelty. There was so much to cover - the idiocy of the Canadian election, the immense damage that is going to be done, especially by the Conservatives, the range of violence and cruelty over so much of the world, the general sense of a world that is far, far out of control, the morons we are allowing to run loose (Premier Ford of Ontario, the whole Conservative Party, ----

...there was so much to cover that this would be a blog to take me two or three days or even more to write.)  So, through most of today's edition, I  have let the entries tell their own story.

We are being robbed blind by our capitalists. And our war to end wars has actually created some 75 years of non-stop war.
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The Guardian may get criticized from time to time. But it is still - and by far - the best newspaper in the English language world.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/09/revealed-20-firms-third-carbon-emissions

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2019/oct/08/who-are-the-worlds-biggest-climate-polluters-video

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/09/secretive-national-oil-companies-climate

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/10/oil-firms-barrels-markets

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/10/exclusive-carmakers-opponents-climate-action-us-europe-emissions

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/10/fossil-fuel-firms-social-media-fightback-against-climate-action

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/10/thinktank-climate-science-institute-economic-affairs

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/10/vested-interests-public-against-climate-science-fossil-fuel-lobby

The owners of these oil companies will kill themselves, too. But we humans are often not logical.

The Guardian, incidentally, with a few lapses, has long been the most intelligent and honest newspaper in the world. (I would make a similar evaluation of Israel's Haaretz. It's very honest - but it also has a much smaller range of news.)

I don't know of any Canadian or American newspaper that can be trusted, though the Toronto Globe is probably the best of a bad lot.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/doug-ford-made-in-ontario-environment-plan-climate-change-1.5313763

Doug Ford is a typical Conservative  premier.
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Canadians should think over this Canadian election. And it's late to start thinking. The Liberals and the Conservatives are disasters. Neither party has even a pretense of dealing with our futures. Both parties are owned by the same people who are destroying us.

And the NDP and the Greens are far more timid than they should be. The U.S. is a political disaster area - but Canada is even worse, much worse. The U.S. has, at least, produced a Bernie Sanders.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/recession-layoffs-gladwell-1.5313099
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-betraying-the-kurds-again
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/10/deficits-being-passed-younger-generations-go-far-beyond-financial-ones
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/10/see-flaws-scheers-climate-plan-look-australia
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2019/10/october-21-vote-climate-solutions

Almost uniquely in this age of hack politicians, David Suzuki actually knows what he is talking about.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2019/10/bill-21-new-battles-old-wars

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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2019/10/election-minority-government-looming-its-ndp-merits-support
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/10/new-study-warns-5-billion-people-could-face-higher-risk-climate-related-coastal
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/10/new-normal-not-normal-25-million-lose-power-across-northern-california-prevent
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https://www.commondreams.org/further/2019/10/09/now-trump-whining-kurds-didnt-help-us-normandy-and-they-and-we-are-doomed
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/10/09/british-government-continues-to-aid-repression-in-human-rights-abusing-countries-new-data-shows/

This should come as no surprise. Britain, for several centuries, has been one of the worst civil rights abusing countries in the world. Ask anybody from India about it.
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Yes. climate change is happening. And animals are dying. And people are dying.

https://countercurrents.org/2019/10/dying-wildlife-on-a-warming-planet

And most Canadians will vote Conservative or Liberal. Sigh.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/10/some-in-hong-kong-feel-frustrated-as-their-city-is-losing-to-mainland-china

Much as I liked my fairly expansive time in Hong Kong under British rule, I was struck by the profound poverty so many of it's people lived in. I remember walking down long streets with sheets of cardboard that stretched to an overpass, with more sheets under it - and families with  babies and children who lived on those cardboard sheets. I remember apartments, many, many of them, with people living in the closets. I remember a woman in the street eating her supper of a chicken foot (yes. just the yellowed foot.) I remember the men sleeping in the fields in wire cages just big enough to contain a human body. Oh, and there was no protection against rain.

Those were the days of British rule - and, oh, the British empire was as cruel and vicious as it could be. And a capitalist Hong Kong still lives like that.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/10/as-the-world-looks-away-death-stalks-the-democratic-republic-of-congo
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/10/09/Tax-Billionaires-No-Brainer/
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/10/08/Alberta-Energy-Regulator-Conflicts-Mismanagemen/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52369.htm

So much for democracy and the voice of the people. And Canadians can be sure   that there are plenty of Liberals and Conservatives who can be bought.
And are bought.
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https://theintercept.com/2019/10/09/joe-hunter-biden-family-money/
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/10/10/news/fake-justin-trudeau-sex-scandal-went-viral-canadas-election-integrity-law-cant-stop

Well, to be fair, the Conservative Party has nothing of any substance to say. So it needs all the false information it can get.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/10/10/news/climate-change-threatens-extinction-most-birds-especially-canada-report
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/10/08/right-kind-of-green-agroecology/
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/09/truly-terrifying-scientists-studying-underwater-permafrost-thaw-find-area-arctic
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https://theintercept.com/2019/10/09/ellen-degeneres-george-bush/

There never was and never has been any evidence that justified the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
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We have made evil a way of life.









Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Oct. 8 1/2: Paqrt 2.

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/10/03/wealth-identity-politics-billionaires-acting-like-a-persecuted-minority/

The very wealthy have become so powerful, they are our governments This is a giant step back into the Roman Empire when the people of Rome were scum of the earth, and all power and wealth was in the hands of a tiny number.

And, like the Roman aristocracy, the wealthy of today are planning their takeover to rule the world. A major component of this, active in Canada and many other countries,,   is the Bilderberg Conference which meets regularly to plan the takeover of the world and all it's governments and people by the very, very rich. Can you imagine what your status will be in their world?

This group, made up of some of  the world's mega billionaires, includes Canadians. And they are for real.

And you and me? We are the scum of the earth.
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https://www.corbettreport.com/experts-say-experts-say-headlines-are-propaganda-propagandawatch/

Of course. Almost all our news sources are owned by the very, very wealthy. And they operate them to benefit the very wealthy. That's been true for over 150  years. That's why when Afghanistan Muslims fought against Russian intruders , they were inspirational. But when they beat the Russians, then had to defend Afghanistan against America, they were evil.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/10/the-public-interest-in-climate-change-reaches-and-all-time-high-it-is-the-effect-of-greta-thunberg
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How often do we see our news media reporting on the dreadful position of Palestinians?

https://countercurrents.org/2019/10/an-outside-view-from-the-palestinian-camps-of-lebanon

And men, women, and children daily get slaughtered by weapons supplied by the western powers.
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/10/07/lawless-trump-canada-connections/

Note to the Canadian Legion...

Did Canadian fight and die in Korea and Afghanistan so that American billionaires could plunder the world?
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/10/08/Alberta-Energy-Regulator-Conflicts-Mismanagemen/
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/canadian-imperialism-haiti/5691208

Canadas Liberal and Conservative politicians do what American politicians tell them to do.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52358.htm

China is not a pushover as it was in the days of Western plundering. It's missiles today can reach all of the U.S. It  has always been extremely foolish to develop nuclear weapons to stay ahead of the opposition. Nuclear war was possible in 1945. Any such war   today would destroy the whole planet.

There is no nuclear deterrent, not for either side.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/10/03/video/climate-change-disinformation-and-canada
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https://themindunleashed.com/2019/10/blob-returns-heat-anomaly-pacific-ocean.html

Maybe we could cool it down with oil.
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And so to bed - at last.

I may have an error. I may have said that it was a Canadian premier who intended to cut off school children who depended on free school lunches for poor kids. I don't feel like checking for it now. But it is not a Canadian premier.  It is American politicians who want to cut off half a million children.














Oct 8: Part 1

My computer has just pulled it's stunt of losing a large number of it's entries.
So I shall immediately publish this one. And then work into the cold, dark night to finish it.



An event of 1841 can scarcely be called a current event. But it has a lesson for us.             

In 1841, the British feared a Russian attack on Afghanistan that would provide the base for an attack on British India.  This sort of thing was ( and is) still common. Afghanistan is positioned almost as if designed as if it were deliberately a base of attack on a number of countries - (though it was not a nation of attack itself.) So the British decided to invade.

A base was established on the Afghanistan border. Then the main force of 3000 troops moved in to settle near Kabul. With that main force were wives, children, prostitutes attached to the army.base.near Kabul. Reluctantly,the British began the long trek to the coast through wild, mountain cover. The Afghans fired on them every step of the way. The worst stretch came in a  valley with cliffs on both sides.

As the British plodded through the valley, Afghans kept up a constant fire from the hill sides as well  as a steady dislodging of boulders to crash own onto the retreating British.

Soon after, a man exhausted rode into the British fort on the border. He was a doctor. And of the 3000 soldiers and their wives, children, prostitutes, he was the only survivor. \Afghanistan has a long history of  defending itself against intruders.

Too bad George W. Bush was not much of student of  history. There is, after all ,a quite modern parallel for those ghosts of the British army of so long ago.

In 1979, devout Muslims in Afghanistan rose in revolt against their communist government. They opposed communism,. In the remarkable war that followed, the Muslims were also supported with money and some weapons by the U.S.
This was a remarkably successful revolt against an enemy far, far bigger and better equipped than the Afghans were.

But then the U.S. made the strange decision to invade those Afghans it had supported.

I know of no official reason for that. At the time there was a lot of double talk that the Afghans were behind 9/11. But, in reality, there is no evidence of that.. On the contrary, most of the evidence then and now points to Saudi Arabia.

So why did the U.S.decide to attack? A logical possibility is that the U.S. was acting as Britain had in the early 1800s, and as the Russians did in the 1980s.
The U.S.wanted to occupy and control Afghanistan as an American base to attack Russia. It is Afghanistan's sin that it is a place attractive to major powers as a base to attack other major powers.

The U.S. had no other reason to attack. Canada joined the attack without even that much reason. We sent Canadians to die in Afghanistan for no good reason at all.

So, yes, we should remember those we sent to die in Afghanistan. We should also give bloody hell to the politicians who sent them. To respect the sacrifices our soldiers made is important. And that most certainly includes those who served in, say, Korea and Afghanistan. But respecting their sacrifices is only half the story. To show real respect, we should also remember what a betrayal it was for us to send them.  I could wish the Canadian Legion would do that, and stop being a cheerleader to cover up for the politicians. The Canadian Legion should be defending the veterans, not the politicians who betrayed them.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/hrt-ruling-1.5312191

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The Canadian leadership debate? It was dominated by the the Liberals and Conservatives - the two parties that had nothing intelligent to say. Both Trudeau and Scheer had nothing to say. The whole world is facing extinction. When is  hard to say but it could be within the lifetimes of our children.

So who gives a damn?

Trudeau had very little to say on the subject. Scheer had wisecracks and personal attacks. So it's up to us to face reality.

Think. Our leading scientists tell us we are on the brink of the destruction of all life on planet Earth. Scheer didn't even bother to dispute that. Lesson to be drawn, Conclusion? In the greatest crisis of human history, Scheer plans to do nothing - except to  boost profits for oil barons.

And what would be the result of a Conservative government? Quite possibly that it would be end of any chance of dealing with climate change.

And a Liberal government? That would be a repeat of the four years of nothing much that we've earlier seen in the Conservatives.

In short, the Canadian people have wasted over twenty years in failing to deal with the greatest challenge in human history. And they now plan to waste more. This is not an election we're facing. It's a death notice.

And that sums up the meaning of this election. We have created a paradise for the greediest people in history, people too greedy to understand they are destroying themselves, too.

The great debate  came far short of dealing with Canada's problems. In that sense, it was a a debate that was a shabby and ignorant and greedy as the election itself.  We are allowing the rich to steal from us all by keeping billions of dollars from the nation. (They don't have to pay income tax; and that means we, have have less and less money, must scramble to find the money to feed and house the very poor, to maintain decent standards of education and health care. It also means we can't afford pharmacare.) Since World War Two, we have created societies remarkably similar to those of medieval times and of the    empires like Rome before that.

We are allowing the super rich to create a spreading poverty which is going to get worse, much worse. We are in the process of cutting off school lunches for tens of thousands of children who starve every day.

That's what this election has been about. And the people of Canada  throughout the election campaign have been brainlessly preparing to vote for those who rob them.

How can the people of this country be so brainless as to vote Conservative or Liberal? (Mind you, the NDP and the Greens could both use some pep pills.)
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/hong-kong-china-military-1.5312894

Let's get real. It's game over in Hong Kong. There is not the slightest chance of Hong Kongers winning in this revolt against China. I regret this. But the reality is that maintaining an increasingly violent resistance cannot be a winning policy.

The people of Hong Kong, for now, should deal for any concessions they  canget. But a victory over the huge population of China is not going to happen.

And the attempt to achieve it  could take a terrible toll of the lives of Hong Kongers. Indeed, the great risk now is that American agents might encourage  the revolt for American propaganda purposes. And that would do nothing but create more violence against the Hong Kongers.             
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/us-withdrawal-syria-canada-1.5312618

ISIS -o-o-oo, bad guys. One can get that impression from our news media. But the reality is that we have been pounding those countries for a hundred years. We did it, largely, to steal control of their oil resources, thereby making obscenely wealthy British and then Americans to rob them blind.

Our news media are usually highly critical of these people who simply want to control their own countries

But the fact that they.have foreign names does not necessarily mean that they are evil.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/road-ahead-oilsands-future-andrew-leach-1.5268556
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/08/the-guardian-view-on-trump-and-syria-damage-has-been-done
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-hong-kong-protesters-pushing-for-reforms-china-will-never-allow

Like I said - but, oh, Gwynne Dyer says it better.
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/10/andrew-scheer-factor-election-2019

Well, I agree with the writer's mood. But --- the reality, depressing as it may be,  is that Scheer IS a major player in he election.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/07/maddening-graphic-shows-how-400-richest-americans-paid-less-taxes-any-other-income

This is the greed and abuse that we have allowed to happen. And it's not just in the U.S.. It's in Canada, too, and many other countries. While a premier like Ontario's Doug Ford gives monster tax breaks to the rich, he ends school lunches for poor children.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/07/brazilian-experts-warn-open-letter-president-bolsonaro-genocide-underway-against

Greed wins again.
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https://www.commondreams.org/further/2019/10/07/his-great-and-unmatched-wisdom-wtf-gop
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